Transgender gamers face crass rejection by CS:GO tournament organizers [Updated]

    
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This article has been updated as apparently it was all part of an elaborate, horrific, and completely unfunny fraud/hoax perpetrated on the e-sports and trans communities. Details follow at the end.

Think politics and science aren’t intertwined with gaming? Tell that to Italian e-sports gamer Sly Buehl Rigilio, whose team’s application to the ESL’s CS:GO 5on5 Female Open Summer 2017 in Munich was effectively rejected because she and her teammates couldn’t prove they were transgender.

“No males are allowed,” Munich Finest Gaming told Rigilio in a curt rejection email obtained by BuzzFeed. “Please take care fake your gender can be penalized.” Reportedly, in a follow-up exchange the organization demanded passports to prove the players are female, which ESL claims is in accordance with German law and the tournament’s rules.

“I know some of the girls in the group have yet to go through the trouble of getting their info changed on [their passports], so we are out of luck,” Rigilio told BuzzFeed.

Kotaku writes that ESL is considering a “revisit [of] the tournament rules” in the future, but apparently there’s been no apology for the crude rebuff and no immediate recourse for the team.

In case you’re headed to the comments right now to point out that we shouldn’t even need woman-centric leagues in the first place, yeah, in a perfect world, women, trans people, and other minority gamers would be treated well and gaming would be a completely desegregated and welcoming hobby. That would be so awesome. Let me know when we get there.

Source: BuzzFeed, Kotaku
Update: Kotaku has retracted its original story based a new claim that the e-sports players were in fact cis men perpetrating a hoax upon the e-sports competition, the ESL organization, the ESL rep contacted and quoted in Kotaku’s story, and the author of the original article on BuzzFeed, all at the expense of the trans community and frankly the e-sports community. It is not yet clear what if any action the ESL will take against the trolls. We’re leaving up the report as printed as a reminder that horrible, awful people exist in this world. We’d like to thank those of you who took the conversation seriously and hope to see a better situation for all gamers someday.
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Mewmew

Even though this was a hoax it does bring up a lot of good points and discussions that need to happen, rules that need to be gone over more precisely for the Tournaments, etc.

These guys put on some wigs and dressed up as girls as a joke, none of them are actually trans, but in writing the articles people acted as if they should be able to be called and treated like women and should be able to enter the tournament.

This is supposed to be a female tournament, as goofy as it is to have any gender restricted tournaments for video games at all still that’s what they were doing and promoting. That we’re at a point where a man can instantly start being called “she” and “her” etc at the very moment they claim they’re female inside and no physical changes have happened at all is disturbing to me. A big burly guy with a beard says he feels female and we have to instantly start referring to him as a woman and supposedly are supposed to let them into female only contests as well. As PC as I am about a lot of things, I’m really not with that.

What if this would have been a real situation? It’s good that the discussion came about and is happening even though they were faking it. Yes, they made the people defending them, calling them female and talking about how these poor “girls” were having their rights trampled on and should be allowed into the Tournament feel like asses, they probably embarrassed and hurt the butts of a lot of people who fell for it and that were condemning the tournament organizers and thought they were fighting for transgender rights, but the discussion was good to get into even if it started because of some trolls. Something like this *could* have actually happened even though it really didn’t.

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Veldara

Why am I not surprised.

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Utakata

WTF? Did we ever get trolled and how. :(

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Greaterdivinity

http://kotaku.com/1795054290

Spoilers – this was all a hoax.

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Capt_North

I’m a woman. I’m trans. I’m in the process of getting my name changed and my identity documents updated, and it is a slow, expensive, inconvenient and time-consuming process. If any rules body is going to impose arbitrary definitions, they need to publicize those well before time, so people who want to comply can do so, and people who want to challenge the arbitrary restrictions have time to appeal.

On a side note: I was born a woman. My body is a woman’s body, because it’s mine and I’m a woman. I’m an all-natural woman-born-woman. Any attempt to exclude me from any space or event designated for women is discrimination, and I will not take it with good grace.

Sports? Yeah, whatever. I have no interest. There are any number of other women would kick my ass at any sport I can think of, so I guess my “unfair advantage” got lost in the mail.

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Frank White

I would think it important to exclude biological males only if there was some data to prove that they have an unfair advantage, such as quicker reactions times, etc. Because despite whatever gender they identify as, however they dress or whatever operations they’ve had, they’re still essentially, on a genetic/biological level, whatever sex they are born as. A male who identifies as female, for example, is still likely to be physically stronger than your average woman (born female). However, I myself haven’t really seen any evidence that women can’t perform as well as men in video games, and in fact there’s some studies that show that women might perform better on average in video games – so the biological women might actually have an advantage here.

LoL, of course there might be at least geeky dude out there who would try to pass himself off as transgender to hang out with the girls and get some peeks, but I somehow doubt this is a likely scenario. Call me naive if you want. ;)

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Megalus Doomslayer

It’s interesting and disconcerting that no one ever clued me into how this physical superiority thing works. Is there an incantation? “Shazam!” hasn’t been doing anything for me. Do I have to fold my middle and ring fingers and flick my wrist? Is it a specific brand of spinach?

Also, yes, you are so naive that you think you have a clue as to how biology works and the facts of the matter as a whole. After having suffered through the pubertal effects of testosterone, HRT will lead to bone frailty and testosterone levels so low that athletics are almost out of the question. Also, I’m alarmed that you put so much thought into getting some peeks. You’re also so oblivious, you don’t understand the functions of chromosomes. The x chromosome houses the genes for sex. The y chromosome doesn’t have any. Assuming no mutation occurs, it contains the SRY gene which acts as a locking mechanism for activating and deactivating genes on the x chromosome. As an aside, the SRY gene occasionally ends up on an x chromosome. It all comes down to hormones in utero. That’s why transpeople will always be the same sex. You can’t change the sex of the brain. Once someone’s brain ends up with the opposite sex of the rest of the body, the person is trans. That’s thanks to the inconsistency of hormones. They can change and activate different genes’ functions at different times in development. Since we are brains, we are whatever sex we are. How anyone can equate a penis with being male is baffling. Then again, humans aren’t exactly intelligent life forms. There’s a reason most people have nipples. If we chalk sex up to genetics, then we’re all hermaphrodites.

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Melissa McDonald

Clearly OVERWATCH is the social warrior / justice game, and openly embraces such things. Y’all are playing the wrong game, that’s all.

My 2 cents: it is absolutely WRONG for someone born male to compete against women in actual physical sports. I read about this undefeated wrestler (born a boy, wrestling against natural girls). Undefeated, yes, of course. Men have tremendous advantages in upper-body strength. Scientists say it takes a minimum of 15 years of hormone therapy to bring about sufficient changes in a male physique that it would be brought down to a female level in such attributes.

And none of the girls are therefore allowed to achieve top status as wrestlers, because they’ll never defeat him/her. That person would have to compete out of their weight class to meet anything close to a real challenge.

Now, anything not physical, that’s different. Women are pretty adroit and dexterous and I don’t see how men would have a huge advantage using a gamepad. So for the sake of this article, why does it matter…?

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Utakata

Overwatch sucks for us Social Justice Mages though. The first person view just sticks in my pigtails. :(

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Mr_Fester

The problem with Esports is that these corporations all want to be the governing body. Sure one can claim it, but another country or corporation can just ignore them and do there thing.
There are no hard set rules for all Esports.

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Zoe

I may or may not identify as transgender, depending how brave I feel, but I would just like to say, having read through the comments, that you MOP folk are a very kind and accepting bunch. Thank you. :)

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Jack Pipsam

I am stunned at how some PR people can keep being hired when they say such outrageous things.

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Leontes

Yeah. I’m living in Germany, and I’m …abashed.

And I’m pretty sure, too, that the PR people responsible are hiding behind bureaucratics. We’re generally not that backward as this story suggests…

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Leontes

… well, officially, at least… :/